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Sport and Exercise Science

Established in 1981 to coincide with the development of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), the Discipline of Sport and Exercise Science provides programs of study, conducts research projects, implements community engagement activities and facilitates social networking in areas relating to sport and exercise. We provide undergraduate and postgraduate courses as well as a USA Study Tour programme and exchange agreements with educational institutions in North America and China. Study scholarships are also available.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

University of Canberra is committed to building a strong and sustainable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and sport industry workforce.

If you are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person interested in studying a health or sport course, please contact Rachel Harrigan or phone 6201 2608.

We are a primary education provider for high performance athletes, coaches and managers from the AIS, regional sport institutes, sport associations and government sport administration bodies.

The Discipline of Sport and Exercise Science plays a lead role in the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise at the University of Canberra (UC-RISE) which conducts research and commentary about sport, sporting organisations and the community. Significant partnerships exist with the AIS, University of Canberra Brumbies, ACTAS, ACT Sport and Recreation, ACT Health, ACT local healthcare providers, Canberra Raiders, Greater Western Sydney AFL, Canberra Capitals and National Sporting Organisations, such as Australian Swimming, Basketball Australia and the Australian Paralympic Committee and many others. Close relationships with industry provide University of Canberra students with research, scholarship and work integrated learning (WIL) placement opportunities and excellent employment prospects.

Study Highlights

  • You will learn from experts who work with high-profile sporting teams and organisations
  • You can gain qualifications in coaching and work towards professional accreditation
  • You will gain industry work experience with professional sporting organisations through work-based learning placements


To contact a course convenor for undergraduate degrees, please email

Bachelor Doubles

Bachelors Honours

Study Highlights

  • You will be able to conduct research with leaders  in applied sport research
  • There are opportunities to undertake projects in collaboration with major sporting organisations
  • Scholarships are available

Degree options

To contact a course convenor for postgraduate degrees, please email

UC Research Institute For Sport and Exercise

The University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise (UC-RISE) conducts research focusing on optimising human performance and health through exercise. Research integrates the expertise within the Discipline of Sport Studies and also from within the Faculty of Heath, for example in physiotherapy, psychology, nutrition and public health. Additional expertise is also available from other areas within the University. For example, sport related projects have been undertaken with experts in Industrial Design (Faculty of Art and Design) with regard to the design and fabrication of sport equipment and with experts in the Faculty of Information Sciences and Engineering to investigate complex trends in match data using advanced computing and mathematical solutions.

Sport and Exercise Science offers tailored services designed to manage and maximise human performance and its related environment, often using an interdisciplinary approach. Sport and Exercise Science has an active consultancy program, and provides a high standard of services and resources for Australian and international sporting and health related organisations.  Some examples of activities undertaken include:

  • Conduct sports science research and testing for sporting organisations
  • Develop equipment and investigate its effectiveness
  • Preparation of development and/or marketing plans for sporting organisations
  • Conduct of national standard sports events for sports organisations
  • Preparation of media releases and information kits
  • Conduct of national and international conferences on sport

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